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Labor Day by the numbers

By Belle Reynoso, CNN Library
updated 10:09 AM EDT, Sun September 2, 2012
155.2 million people 16 years and older participate in the labor force today
155.2 million people 16 years and older participate in the labor force today
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Be ready to pay 14 cents more per gallon of gas this weekend than last year
  • 3.2 million people have a commute that is longer than 90 minutes
  • Will you wear white after Labor Day?

(CNN) -- Labor Day is a holiday many American workers eagerly anticipate -- a three-day weekend, and a respite from work to relax and celebrate with friends and family. As you're calculating how many bags of buns you need to go with that jumbo pack of hot dogs at your barbecue (they never seem to match up), here are some other Labor Day numbers to contemplate.

33 million: Americans who plan to travel at least 50 miles over Labor Day weekend this year, according to AAA.

14 cents: Average increase in the price of a gallon of gas since AAA's 2011 Labor Day forecast.

155.2 million: Number of people 16 years and older who are in the labor force.

Labor Day last-minute getaways

85: Percentage of full-time workers 18 to 64 covered by health care insurance during all or part of 2010.

39.7 million: Number of people who the Department of Labor helped through the Employment and Training Administration programs.

58: Percent who think it's OK to wear white after Labor Day according to a nonscientific poll.

685,000: Number of workers who were placed into new jobs through the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker programs.

1.674 million: Veterans who were helped by the Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) in 2010.

473,700: Number of veteran workers entering into employment.

25.3 minutes: Average commute time in 2010. Maryland has the longest commute in the country, with an average time of 31.8 minutes. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey, Table R0801)

3.2 million: Number of workers whose commutes were 90 or more minutes each day in 2010.

$47,715: 2010 real median full-time earnings for males.

$36,931: 2010 real median full-time earnings for females.

29.2: Percent difference in men's and women's earnings.

11.8: Percentage of workers who were members of a union in 2011.

30: Percentage reduction of overall family summer travel from May through September.

How are you celebrating this Labor Day? Share your plans in the comments section below.

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